1840 Democratic National Convention

1840 Democratic National Convention
1840 presidential election

Van Buren
Date(s) May 5–6, 1840
City Baltimore, Maryland
Venue The Assembly Rooms
Presidential nominee Martin Van Buren of New York
Vice Presidential nominee None

The 1840 Democratic National Convention was held in Baltimore. The Democrats nominated President Martin Van Buren for reelection in 1840 in spite of his unpopularity following the Panic of 1837. Vice President Richard M. Johnson was not retained on the ticket, as he was largely seen as a liability in the 1836 election and had focused much of his time as vice president on his own economic affairs. Former President Andrew Jackson backed James K. Polk for the position of vice president, but Van Buren supported his vice president's renomination. The convention ultimately decided not to nominate a running mate for Van Buren. As a result, Van Buren became the only major party presidential nominee since the passage of the 12th Amendment to seek election without a running mate.[1]

Polk and Johnson both received electoral votes for vice president in the general election, but the Whig ticket won the election.[2]

See also


  1. Witcover, Jules (2014). The American Vice Presidency. Smithsonian Books. pp. 91–95.
  2. "Electoral Votes for President and Vice President 1837–1853". National Archives and Records Administration. Retrieved June 29, 2013.

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